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This poster features a soldier attacking a snake labeled "syphilis and gonorrhea." It advises servicemen to practice abstinence, condoms, and prophylaxis stations.

"Abstinence is the safest measure otherwise 1. use a contraceptive (rubber) 2.…

This is an advertising mailer promoting Survey Graphic and Parran's article in particular.

This poster features an image of young woman and appeals to soldiers to keep their sweethearts devotion and abstinence in mind.

"Don't Take a Chance Take a 'Pro'!!"

This poster promotes prophylaxis use and portrays it as common sense.

This poster features a hand wiping away a graph. It warns that VD requires a long convalescence.

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"Suspect! PRO-tect!"

This poster advises servicemen to avoid VD.

"Remember -- 80% of venereal infections were acquired from pickups!"

This poster warns servicemen that contracting VD from pick-ups is common and may prevent them from contributing to the war effort.

This poster warns servicemen not to let down the "team" by contracting VD from a pick-up.

This poster shows Santa Claus delivering prophylaxis packettes to servicemen.

"In 1942 This Station Had: [Blank] Cases of Venereal Disease : Prophylaxis Taken Promptly After Exposure Would Have Prevented Them : Venereal Disease Helps the Enemy"

This poster informs viewers of the number of days of labor lost as a result of VD. It also conveys that this helps the US's enemies.

"Don't Let Your Team Down! Don't Let V.D. Put You on the Sidelines!"

This poster advises servicemen that they are letting down their fellow men if they contract VD.

"Signed: Venereal Disease : Venereal Disease Helps the Enemy"

This poster warns servicemen that VD hurts the war effort.

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This cartoon shows Hitler pinning a medal on a figure labeled "V.D. Cases" along with others representing "Admiral Complacency," "General Rumor," and "Fifth Columnist Saboteur."

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"He Let His Buddies Down By Getting a Venereal Disease : Prophylaxis Prevents Venereal Disease"

This poster advises servicemen that they are letting down their fellow men if they contract VD and that prophylaxis will prevent it.

"Venereal Disease Has Gone to War! Prophylaxis Prevents Venereal Disease"

"Prophylaxis Prevents Venereal Disease"

This poster urges servicemen to visit prophylaxis stations to avoid contracting venereal disease.

"If You Are Foolish Enough to Expose Yourself--Be Sure You Take a Prophylaxis To Prevent Venereal Disease"

This poster asserts that sex is not necessary and that men who do engage in sexual activity should use prophylaxis.

"Don't Take Chances Without a 'Pro'"

This poster warns servicemen to always use prophylaxis so they don't miss out on fighting the Japanese.

"Two Days is Too Late! Take a 'Pro' in Two Hours!"

This poster informs servicemen that they have a limited amount of time to use prophylaxis after having sex.
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